Tokyo: Last week’s opening of the “JFK – His Life and Legacy Exhibit” held at the National Archives of Japan had a strong turnout.
After viewing the exhibit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his congratulations and said: “This marks the first exhibit co-organized by the National Archives of Japan and the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States.
The prime Minister said the exhibit was made possible by the appointment of Caroline Kennedy as Ambassador of the United States to Japan.
Prime Minister Abe said, it is an opportunity to view a number of invaluable pieces of history. The most amazing was perhaps the crayon picture of a sunflower drawn by Ambassador Kennedy, which put him in quite a good mood. He saw the “legendary” coconut shell paperweight as well as the handwritten file of the manuscript for the US President john F Kennedy’s inaugural address and part of the speech that said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” The Prime Minister was also shown the diary of Eisaku Sato, Prime Minister at the time, which contained an entry about his impression of this speech. Prime Minister Sato was the younger brother of his grandfather, Abe said adding this was the first time that he had the opportunity to view his personal diary. This diary was set to be released to the public soon after his passing, but his older brother Nobusuke Kishi delayed it, saying that the diary should not be made public for 20 years because the people concerned were still living, the Prime Minister told the gathering.
Compiled by (newsroom24x7.com) based on the “Opening Remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the first meeting of the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century” published on the Official Website of the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet (http://japan.kantei.go.jp/97_abe/actions/201503/5article1.html).